Old thinking taking us nowhere — Moss-Solomon

GRACEKENNEDY director James-Mosss Solomon says the failure of successive governments to abandon old practices and embrace new and creative approaches to governance is one of the main factors hindering the country from achieving sustainable development.

He believes that the resistance by different administrations, and in some cases the private sector, to change has severely impeded the country's progress.

“We [Jamaicans] have been [caught] in a mindset that has forced [us] to repeat ourselves. The [last] 90 years have been for the country, a devastating period,” Moss-Solomon said, explaining that the period was defined by repetition.

He was speaking at a Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday. He said the private sector, too, was to be blamed as “imitation rather than inventiveness, dependency, and an unwillingness to invest in their own businesses” had dogged the sector.

He said the country should have been better off, given that it had not faced the serious impediments other countries did.

“There has been no world war in Jamaica, there have been no blockades in our ability to trade. We have had none of the physical negative positions that have faced other people in the world,” Moss-Solomon said, adding that the problem is with the people's mindset.

He, however, is holding out hope that Jamaica's leaders will come to the realisation and move away from the old thinking.

“If you believe that by doing things over and over and over again and expecting different outcomes then you would have defined madness,” he stressed.

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

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